SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — Wind advisories will be in effect Wednesday for several Los Angeles-area valleys, according to the National Weather Service.
An advisory has been issued for the Santa Clarita Valley until noon, with average wind speeds estimated at 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph.
The strongest winds will occur north of Valencia, the NWS said.
Another advisory has been issued for the Antelope Valley through 9 p.m. Wednesday. Wind speeds are expected to reach 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 50 mph.
“Its never been this windy here, ever. And I’ve been here for 30 years. It was crazy,” Lancaster resident Athena Jones, who’s house was damaged by the wind storm, said.
A dust storm Tuesday in the high desert caused a 20-car pile-up that closed State Route 14 in both directions for four hours, the California Highway Patrol said.
“All the dust, it just closes in on you. The visibility has come down to zero,” CHP Officer Gil Hernandez said.
The storm caused 18 dust-related accidents that results in several minor injuries, officials said.
“All the wind, all the sand, I couldn’t see nothing,” one driver said.
Weather officials warn of similar conditions in the high desert Wednesday.
Both the Los Angeles County sheriff and fire departments have staffed extra personnel do deal with the strong winds.